Out of the 60,318 total 1/4 oz American Gold Eagles minted in 1996 only 258 (W) coins have been certified as a PR70 DCAM grade by the PCGS.
Proof American Gold Eagle coins were in the midst of mintage declines in the mid-1990s. In just two years, production of proof versions of the coin fell 20,000, with the first of those sharp drops coming in 1996. Now you have the chance to purchase a 1996-W 1/4 oz Proof American Gold Eagle coin with a perfect certification level from the PCGS.
- Only 435 coins earned this certification from the PCGS!
- 11th release of the Proof American Gold Eagle coin.
- Ships to you in a protective plastic slab courtesy of the PCGS.
- Contains 1/4 oz of 22-karat gold.
- Issued a face value of $10 (USD) by the United States government.
- Bears a grade of PR70 from the Professional Coin Grading Service.
- Available with a Deep-cameo finish.
- “W” mint mark identifies the West Point Mint as the production facility.
Proof American Gold Eagle coins were introduced in the 1/4 oz weight in 1988, and featured relatively stable mintage levels throughout the first decade. Mintage of the coins varied from 47,000 in 1995 to 62,000 in 1990. In 1996 however, the program saw a drop of nearly 11,000 coins.
The drop continued the following year, establishing a short-term trend of dropping mintages for the Proof American Gold Eagle. The 1/4 oz. coin, originally not the most popular, has become one of the preferred weights in the program.
Each 1996-W 1/4 oz Proof American Gold Eagle listed here today has a grade of PR70 from the PCGS. Coins in this condition exhibit full, original luster from the mint and bear no detracting flaws of any kind.
Deep-cameo is a term used to describe the unique visual appeal of a proof coin. DCAM refers to the strong, frosted finish on the design set of the coin and the deeply-mirrored, clear background field.
On the coin’s obverse field you’ll find the Lady Liberty image from Augustus Saint-Gaudens, which was created in 1907. The reverse face of the coin includes the image of a family of nesting bald eagles created by Miley Busiek in 1986.
If you have any questions about these Proof American Gold Eagle coins, please feel free to reach out to JM Bullion. Our associates are available on the phone at 800-276-6508, online using our live web chat, and via our email address. If you are interested in fractional American Gold Eagle proofs, you may also want to check out our 1993-P 1/4 oz American Gold Eagle PCGS PR70 DCAM or our 1993-P 1/10 oz American Gold Eagle PCGS PR70 DCAM.